[Gratefuldead collection] Live at Field House, Seneca College on 1977-11-02
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Soundboard Reel> CD> TC2000 EQ> Sonic Solutions (David Gans)> CD> EAC> SHN TC2000; Equalizer Used To Brighten Up The Rather Dull Sound; CD> EAC> SHN By Joe Samaritano; also to abgd via Charlie Connor; note upgrade to previous copy
- Toronto, CA
- This show has been commercially released as Dick's Picks, Vol. 34
Subject: Brave the storm to come..
There is a certain beauty in 77 shows
that kinda reminds me of 1973.
Plus you got Mickey back
and a more seasoned Donna Jean.
Also this is the last year before Keith
begins his drop off into oblivion..
He is a subtle but determined counterpoint
throughout this show.
Andy M & GerMorr
have timeless memories
of this show
and more than anything that's what matters.
MY LIGHTNING TOO!!!
Oh yeah, Second Set.
I like that instead of Drums>Space
We get ESTIMATED>STEPHEN
Thanks Donna Jean
a most under appreciated
member of THE HEART OF GOLD BAND..
How often did St. Stephen go into Truckin'?
"Busted down on Bourbon Street
I dig this Around & Around
A great example of the band's ability
to deliver controlled pandemonium
especially that final Garcia riffing..
Audience is fired up and they get
a Terrapin encore!
Which as Mind Wondrin notes:
'improves' after a 'shaky' start.
perhaps one might even say:
Terrapin Flyer: Gets up a full HEAD of Speed..
Note: Excellent recording
Subject: Nice Show
Subject: Woggle ~ Woggle !!!
He's Then Off Again Into A Fanfare Type Blast At Around 4:50 Into St. Stephen. You Can Almost See The Rows Of Long Trumpets An The Flags Unfurling Till It Climaxes Into The Last Verse. Then It's Back To All Out Rock 'n' Roll With That Truckin' And Around 'n' Around.
Truckin' Resounding With The Calling All Dead Heads Run Starting At 5:35 Then Growing In Intensity Till It Reaches Critical Mass And Slides Into Around. Starting Off As A Laid Back Shuffle Then Again Boiling Into The Psuedo Chuck Berry Romp. Chords Shattering Into Arpeggios Into Subdued Verse Then Off Again To The Finish Line. Then Of Course, The Only Way Back To Earth From Deep Space Requires A Stopover At Terrapin Station. Past The Northwest Corner Of A Brand New Crescent M(( (( n. Then Alas, Back To Terra Firma.
Subject: hidden gem
Subject: Gymnasiums and amusement parks
Returning to Toronto after a seven year gap, to play at the city's smaller college's gym (and the next two visits were at an amusement park). Though they would play Hamilton several times (and, of course, nearby Buffalo), they only went to Montréal once! The biographies cite the hassles of crossing the border. But early on they tried to develop a market here, playing Toronto for 8 shows in '67, one in '69 and starting the very brief Pop Festival whistle stop tour here in '70. And that's it for the eastern provinces. There was no Hallowe'en show this year. The 1st set is above average, like much of the tour. In the nearly-2hr Second Set the trannies are tight but there's a lot of Jer just hammering chords or single notes, and also a lot of drummer soup - which makes a show that's maybe a bit more unique but with less fireworks. A bit loose for '77, though some will like the dynamics. The Colgate show was next.
First Set. Sounds like the rest of the tour until it kicks wide for Big River. It's nice and bouncy, with hyper Billy/crazy Mickey. Check out the 2nd solo from Jer, back and forth between leading and rhythm figures. On the ace Candyman, however, listen to Bobby and Keith. I don't think the '77s get any better. It's the ensemble playing. The rest is average '77 (i e good) but Ramble stands out for being peppy/bouncy and having a weird polka solo.
Second Set. '77 spills good Samsons liberally but check out Jer's ladder runs and the way he sets and resolves dissonance. Ships is average but Good Lovin' is a bit rough and Sunrise strangely sloppy. The way Jer is playing adds a certain uniqueness to some of the rest of the set, particularly working on Scarlet and Truckin', though the jamming on the first is oddly neutral. Stephen has a nice, dynamic choogle and the solo is Ronson-like. Truckin' is a bit heavier than usual, and solid (Phil: "on Bourbon Street and elsewhere"). There's a lot of slop on Around & Around but I bet this one was fun in person. You can't beat an encore Terrapin; shaky but improves.
1st Set: B
2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3¼ stars
Big River - Billy and Mickey plaster the landscape
Candyman - the '77s get no better
Samson & Delilah - Jer runs up and down ladders and resolves dissonance
SOURCES: The samaritano_14743 sounds better than DiP34 in places, but has the tunings edited and no real advantage over the Chappell matrix (86233). It's astonishingly good (from a great AUD) and is pitched correctly. All but 4 tracks are on Dave's 12 (7 from 1st set and 3 from 2nd set) and Dick's 34 (the other 3 from the 1st set and 4 more from the 2nd). Actually, for the trainspotters, the banter following Fire (Phil's joke: paging Sandoz & Dilaudid) is also clipped and added to Di34 (oddly, at the beginning of Estimated for 11/5).
Andy-M - They weren't on the radio in the US either, in the 70s, except for a couple cities and usually late at night.
Subject: You were there-ME TOO!!
Subject: Sounds better than the DP
This Scarlet>Fire>St. Stephen is really well done.
Subject: Greta Story, Andy
Subject: I was there
I was only twenty.
Seneca College at the time was at the far north east corner of the civilized world. Beyond were farmer’s fields. November in Toronto is bleak and cold. Snow is not unusual.
The Dead were not particularly popular in the Toronto area back then, for the simple reason that CHUM-FM the only ‘rock’ station on the dial, didn’t play them. We (still) have rules about the amount of Canadian content played over the airwaves. For whatever reason the radio station, simply elected not to have the Grateful Dead on their playlist.
They did play in Toronto before, in 1970 on the famous Festival Express (I saw that too) (at 13!), so they had some familiarity with Canada and one would think, warm recollections.
For the Dead to show up in Toronto…it was just weird. In ’77 they had just released Terrapin Station. I remember the comment – Disco Dead. At least in Canada, they weren’t at the height of their popularity at the time.
What really ramped up the tension was that earlier that year, in April, Keith Richard was busted trying to bring heroin across the border. Canada’s border suddenly was simply not worth the risk for partying rock musicians to cross, no matter how big the market was. The RCMP were hot on rock tours.
But yet, the Dead came.
I had waited in line on an early Saturday morning at a record store in downtown Toronto earlier that summer. I was perhaps the twelfth or fifteen person in line at the only place selling tickets. Only serious Deadheads were in line. Some camped on the sidewalk for a while.
I went with my girlfriend (now my wife). Strangely, she and her parents lived perhaps four or five blocks away from Seneca. We walked to the concert.
In spite of the cold, everyone was hauling back reefers between the parking lot and the entrance. Everyone!
I was shocked to find that our seats were four rows or so from the back!
It didn’t matter. The room itself was basically just a big gym room with a raised stage at one end. There were maybe 1500 people in the sold out audience. Tops! Flimsy metal fold up chairs were laid out. There was tape on the floor indicating the row number. It was all so hokey.
We all sat patiently until the show started, high as kites.
As soon as it did, pandemonium broke out, all the chairs were tossed to the side and back and everyone just rushed forward. The ‘security’ just gave up.
And for the next few hours we all just danced and sang and had a grand time.
The Dead, all to ourselves, in a small room. It was brilliant. It was basically a high school dance on steroids with the Grateful Dead as the band!
This recording will attest, they played very well.
After the show I ran into a childhood friend of mine. Willie if you’re reading this, try to find me.
(He and I saw Festival Express).
Subject: Dick's Picks 34 = boooooooooo.....
Set 1 - All excellent, and I have to give accolades to Bobby's songs in this first set, particularly that crazy-disco Me and My Uncle > Big River. Keith is quite prominent in this set, which is a good sign when you're dealing with '77! I was never a big fan of the double-timed Rose, but it's played well enough, so that's on me, not the band.
Set 2 - Really unusual to put Scarlet > Fire a few songs down in the setlist, but it works - they build up to it and unleash this short-but-sweet mother of invention; the suite is just sickeningly good - Truckin', my god....
Really try to get the entire show, and don't give them your money for just 1/3rd of it. This show deserves proper treatment and respect - it's everything '77 is about and then some.
Subject: Duh, Double Check Your Source Picky Deadheads!!! !